Archive for the 'Misc' Category

Rummy

Friday, May 5th, 2006

From ABC News : Rumsfeld making a speech in Atlanta recently. Rumsfeld said Bush, who made the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons his main justification for war, also “spent weeks and weeks with the Central Intelligence people” before making his case to the American people.”They gave the world their honest opinion,” Rumsfeld added. “It appears [...]

Two Online Videos

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

(via John Tokash) This video is demo of what the QuickCam Orbit MP is capable of. You can add one of dozens of augmentations ranging from hats to glasses to full blown avatars to your video chat experience. All of the effects utilize face tracking to keep in synch with your face’s eyes, eyebrows, lips, [...]

US Press secretary

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

GWB appointed a new press secretary. BBC’s headline : Radio host is new Bush spokesman CNN’s headline : Fox anchor named Bush press secretary Guess which one provokes more derision and maniacal laughter. I wonder what the Onion will have to say next week.

Chicago Museums

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Via Factoids (an excellent little site at UChicago) I learnt about the MUSEUM PASSPORTS at the Chicago Public Library. You can check out a museum passport for 1 week from any of the Chicago Public Libraries. It gives you (and your immediate family) absolutely free access to 11 museums in Chicago. I shall try to [...]

Silly Links

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

(Via MetaFilter and L. Spice) The Sarong Theorem Archive is the premier online repository for pictures of mathematicans in sarongs proving theorems. There is also a strange webpage with pictures of female mathematicians with teal hair. We have two people from UofC on that page. Got any other wierd math links to share?

wordpress

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

I finally upgraded wordpress (this blogging software) to version 2.0.1 and beyond. Instead of following the usual upgrade instructions, I just checked out an svn version right on top of my old wordpress directory. I had to move things around a bit, but eventually I have this blog running on a development version that I [...]

aaaahhhhhhh!!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

(via Chris) This page plots the number of results obtained from google for words of the form a{n}h{m} and then colours it using the log of that value. The shortest word of this form that doesn’t appear in google’s result is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it has 18 a’s and 50 h’s, but of course once google indexes [...]

Webcams

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Uchicago Magazine has some cool full motion video webcams courtesy of NSIT. Check them out…. Cam1 : Crerar Quadrangle There is never anyone over there. Cam2 : Midway PlaisanceThis should look lovely when it is covered with snow. Cam3 : Regenstein/Bartlett QuadLook at everyone scramble. Maybe you can glimpse the qow running to catch the [...]

Beer Pipeline

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

While reading about Oil Pipelines in wikipedia, I came across a mention of a Beer Pipeline. Bars in the Veltins-Arena, a major football ground in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, are interconnected by a 5 km long beer pipeline. It is the favourite method for distributing beer in such large stadiums, because the bars have to overcome big [...]

Dupes

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

One advantage of having a web based aggregator that constantly pings away at sites (albiet very politely), is that you get to catch mistakes that feed publishers make. Notice any difference in these two items from Slashdot?. Click the image for a close look…. I guess Slashdot is worried about getting sued by Microsoft ….